A selection of Liverpool Football Club-related stories and titbits you may have missed over the past seven days…
Jürgen Klopp and Adam Lallana have been nominated for the Premier League’s September Manager of the Month and Player of the Month awards respectively. The winners will be decided by a combination of a Premier League panel, current and former players and a public vote. You can back the duo by voting here and here before the 11.59pm BST deadline on Monday, October 10. The winners are set to be announced on Friday, October 14.
Jordan Henderson’s stunning strike against Chelsea has been voted Liverpool’s Goal of the Month for September. With 71% of the votes cast in a poll of fans via the official website, Hendo comfortably beat Philippe Coutinho’s drive against Hull City, while Roberto Firmino’s opener against Leicester City was third.
Despite having to settle for second best in the club’s Goal of the Month poll, stats compiled by fantasy football game Oulala claim that Coutinho has been the best all-round player in the Premier League so far this season.
In an exclusive interview with the Liverpool ECHO at the end of last week, the Brazilian revealed he won’t be resting on his laurels and is always striving to further his game. “Maybe this is the best I’ve played but I still think I can improve,” reflected the 24-year-old. “This is just the start. I always want to improve and do better. I want to be an important player for this team. I want to help my team-mates to achieve great things.”
Liverpool’s Mr Versatile, James Milner, has been discussing the positive effects retiring from international football could have on his club career. “Sometimes it was quite tough when you had been travelling,” reflected the former Manchester City man to Liverpoolfc.com. “Had a couple of days and were back into the fixtures. You don`t really get that break. For me personally and hopefully Liverpool, it can be a positive thing that you do feel fresher after the internationals.”
Reds midfielder Marko Grujic has been named on the 40-man shortlist for the 2016 Golden Boy award. The annual accolade recognises the best U21 player currently plying his trade within European football. To see the full list of nominees and to vote click here.
Former Anfield defender Rigobert Song is out of a two-day coma and breathing on his own following a stroke suffered at the weekend. The 40-year-old was admitted to Yaounde Central Hospital in the Cameroon on Sunday and is now set to be flown to France for further treatment. Song played 35 times for Liverpool between January 1999 and November 2000.
Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski has backed his former Borussia Dortmund boss Jürgen Klopp to mount a serious title challenge with Liverpool this term. Speaking to Goal.com, the Polish striker said: “Under Klopp I think they will be fighting for the title this season. Pep (Guardiola) and Manchester City will not make it easy for anybody to win the title, but Liverpool have a real chance. Without European football it can really help them with being fresh for games and with injuries and, even though Klopp is always smiling, he is ruthless enough to take advantage of that.”
Danny Ings was amongst the goals again on Sunday, netting an inspired hat-trick as Liverpool U23s defeated Ipswich Town 3-0 in the Premier League Cup at Portman Road. Mamadou Sakho, as he had done in the 1-2 Premier League International Cup defeat to Wolfsburg last week, also played the full 90 minutes. LFC U23s: Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Randall, Ilori, Sakho, Stewart, Wilson (Lennon 85′), Chirivella (Phillips 80′), Ings, Ejaria, Woodburn (Brannagan 65′).
Liverpool U18s came from a goal down to win 3-1 away at their Newcastle United counterparts on Saturday. Neil Critchley’s side produced an excellent display, with strikes from Glen McAuley, Conor Masterson and Toni Gomes clinching a deserved three points. The game also saw U16 defender Abdi Shariff make his debut at U18 level. LFC U18s: Grabara, Shariff (Lattie 81′), Lewis (Parker 87′), Masterson, Johnston, Coyle, Camacho, Hunter, T Gomes, Dhanda, McAuley.
16-year-old forward Rhian Brewster scored twice as England U17s hammered Germany U17s 8-1 at the Croatia Cup. The double takes the Liverpool youngster’s tally to five in three matches at the tournament after a 62-minute hat-trick against host nation Croatia last week.
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